Demand for Greek Yogurt May Outgrow Milk Supply
While the recent popularity of Greek style yogurt has been wonderful for dairy farmers, the growth in the industry has left farmers and yogurt makers alike wondering how they are going to sustain such high production when there's only so much milk to be had:
"We're really concerned about the long-term prospects in the northeast for milk supply," he said. "Its been a struggle for us. We expect over the next few years it will continue to be a struggle and I kind of scratch my head and wonder where all that milk is going to come from."
"Five years ago we didn't know what we were going to do with all the milk and now with the yogurt plants coming on it's been drying up the milk supply," said Robert Gilchrist, who markets fluid milk for Agrimark, one of the biggest milk-cooperatives in the region, with 1,200 farms. He said Agrimark couldn't always deliver enough milk to yogurt makers when they wanted it last